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Old 03-19-2005, 01:21 PM   #1
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We just went to use our motorhome (bought last Feb) and our propane is not working. It worked wonderfully all last year and we're not sure what to check first. My husband is smart but this isnt something we've owned before so we hoped we could get some advice. Nothing is working that is gas...the fridge tries to light if we turn it to Gas but it never does. Any thoughts or suggestions? We did fill the tank today to make sure the tank gauge was accurate so there is propane there.

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Old 03-19-2005, 01:21 PM   #2
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We just went to use our motorhome (bought last Feb) and our propane is not working. It worked wonderfully all last year and we're not sure what to check first. My husband is smart but this isnt something we've owned before so we hoped we could get some advice. Nothing is working that is gas...the fridge tries to light if we turn it to Gas but it never does. Any thoughts or suggestions? We did fill the tank today to make sure the tank gauge was accurate so there is propane there.

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Welcome Amy, glad you found us. I know this is a stupid answer, but are you sure the propane is turned on at the tank? Are you sure there are no spiders (webs) at the outlet (hole) where the propane comes out? For some reason they like propane fumes, never could figure that one out. Good luck and let us know.
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Amy, Welcome to irv2 You said that you had the LP filled today did the service man turn on the gas main valve? Is your LP gas detector flashing? You may have a switch for your LP detector some place turn off.. Your house batteries may be turned off. If you have a coach service manual it should give you some answers also.---"007"
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Amy, if you let the rig set all winter and the propane was off at the tank, the lines need to be purged agin to clear the air in them. The best way to do this is to turn on the large burner on the stove top and w a i t with an ignitor trying to light it periodically. When we have let outs set for even a month, I have to wait a bit to get gas to the stove. Once it lighted, let it burn a bit and then try lighting the water heater and finally the frig.

This is assming that the propane detector is working and does not have your propane shut off at the tank electrically and the obvious...the valve at the tank is ON.

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Amy, even after purging the lines thru the cook top, it may take many tries on the ref to get it to ignite. Just turn the ref. on; if the "check" light comes on turn it off. Turn it back on again. You may have to do this over and over. The burner orfice for the ref. is quite small in comparison to everything else and takes a while to move all the air out of the line. If you still have troubel let us know.
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There is another possible answer to the problem. Modern vehicle propane tanks have a valve that will shut if there is no back pressure in the gas lines suddenly, to prevent a dangerous situation if one of the lines should rupture. It there is no pressure in the lines like when all gas pressure has been released or the gas all used up, the sudden opening of the outlet valve at the tank can cause an outsurge of gas that makes that valve thing there was a rupture and it will close and stop the flow of gas. To see if that is the case, first close the valve at the gas tank. Allow it to sit for several minutes in the closed condition. Then very, very slowly crack the valve just as small an amount as you can. Allow it to sit for a minute and then very slowly open the valve all of the way. Now go in and try lighting the stove top. It may take a bit for the air to purge, but it should be less than a minute.

It sounds to me as though you have this safety valve problem.
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Thank you! We figured it out! The safety valve was the issue.

All fuses were checked, no fuses were blown, safety value was not getting power so whatever triggers the value must have tripped (we dont know what would trip it) so we're not sure yet why. My husband did something to bypass it..I didnt ask questions..LOL

Does anyone know anything about them? A friend of ours whos had a few RVs says he's never had one with a safety value. Is it usual to have one? My husband has never seen on on any type of propane before either. He wondered if its a safety feature for crashes that will shut the gas off in an emergency.

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Amy, the LP leak detector controls the gas solenoid. If it detects a leak it will shut the valve off. Make sure the leak detector is turned on. It is the one down at the floor since LP is heavier than air. If the valve does not get power with the leak detector turned on you might have a bad detector if the wiring circuit is ok. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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Your LP detector will have a 1-amp fuse to operate it, not sure where you will find it, mine was up front,under hood, drivers side. It should be marked on fuse panel or tagged on a wire. Do not go with LP detect not flashing very important for your safety.---"007"
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